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The Ketner MBA: Our Mission

ralphketner2-pic.jpgAbout the MBA Degree at Catawba College

Our mission and vision follow the lessons of our namesake, Ralph W. Ketner, the co-founder, President, and CEO of Food Lion (Food Town, est. 1957).

Through determination, creativity, and insight, Ralph W. Ketner was an entrepreneur and business leader that transformed the retail food industry in the Southeast.  He understood that success could not be gained simply by the application of “me too” competition using standard business practices.  Success requires an understanding and larger comprehension of the current state of business affairs – and the determination to re-think the working rules.

Mr. Ketner succeeded in his mission, in the larger service to his community. Ralph W. Ketner saw the work of the businessperson as a service to the community – working hard to do good work and improve the condition of his fellow man. We should all aspire to that calling. 

The faculty of the Ketner School of Business wish to remain true to the message of Ralph W. Ketner.  To help our students on a path of success, we seek to combine a technical training in business competence with the desire and inspiration to transform the world. Combining a rich history of teaching graduate education throughout the United States, the faculty of the Ketner School of Business are proud to provide this educational opportunity to our students.